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Album review: ANGEL – The Casablanca Years

Caroline International [Release date 14.09.18] Formed in Washington DC in the mid 70s, Angel were allegedly discovered playing in a nightclub by bassist Gene Simmons, and subsequently signed Kiss’ then label Casablanca. A big lush sound and the band dressed … Continue reading

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Gig review: QUEEN + ADAM LAMBERT, Wembley Arena, London, 15 December 2017

QUEEN + ADAM LAMBERT, Wembley Arena, London, 15 December 2017

Arguably what we now think of as stadium or arena rock – big anthems designed for crowds to sing and sway along to and spectacular stage shows to match – can be dated back to 1977. After being overwhelmed by … Continue reading

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Gig review: CATS IN SPACE – Half Moon, Putney, London, 6 January 2016

CATS IN SPACE - Half Moon, Putney, London, 6 January 2016

One of the more left field bands that emerged in 2015 were the oddly named Cats In Space, with their  affectionate homage to the seventies and in particular the lush soft rock sounds of the latter half of the decade … Continue reading

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Album review: DENNIS DEYOUNG – The Music of Styx : Live in Los Angeles

DENNIS DEYOUNG – The Music of Styx : Live in Los Angeles

Frontiers Records [Release date 20.10.14] Styx are one of my all time favourite bands and Dennis DeYoung was the vocalist, keyboard maestro and genius behind some of their biggest hits…but their biggest hit Babe, which is obviously featured on here, … Continue reading

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Gig review: KANSAS – Shepherds Bush Empire, London, 17 July 2014

Kansas were back after a nine year gap since their last London date and this was always going to be a special gig as Steve Walsh had announced a couple of weeks earlier that he was leaving the band after … Continue reading

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Gig review: FOREIGNER, Styx and Don Felder – PNC Music Pavilion, Charlotte, USA, 31 May 2014

Apologies in advance, but I’m afraid this write up will be a little heavy on KISS rants, despite it not being a KISS show. Originally I was going to see Adrenaline Mob at Tremont, and then I heard that Styx … Continue reading

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Album review: SPACE ELEVATOR – S/t plus interview with the Duchess

DY Music www.spaceelevatoronline.com  [Released March 2014] Debut album by a band formed by guitarist David Young, who plays in the West End musical ‘We Will Rock You’ house band along with female vocalist called the Duchess. The band is completed … Continue reading

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Album review: PROPHET – Asylum

Z Records www.z-records.com This best of rounds up highlights from the band’s three albums to date – ‘Prophet’ (1985), ‘Cycle Of The Moon’ (1988) and ‘Recycled’ (1991). ‘Cycle Of The Moon’ on its own should be any AOR/melodic rock fans … Continue reading

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Album review: TRANS-SIBERIAN ORCHESTRA – Tales Of Winter Selections From The TSO Rock Operas

Decca [Release date 02.12.13] A timely ‘best of’ from the Trans-Siberian Orchestra, who embark on a European tour in January after their traditional US pre-Christmas tour (the band are so popular they run two versions of the band in the … Continue reading

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Album review: JONO – Requiem

www.jontheband.se Another great musical discovery from Sweden. Jono are centred around vocalist Johan Norrby who is joined by Within Temptation guitarist Stefan Hellebald and drummer Nicka Hellenberg, who appeared on the last Within Temptation album. Completing the line-up are Johan … Continue reading

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Album review: ARC ANGEL – Harlequins of Light

  Frontiers www.frontiers.it Arc Angel is Jeff Cannata and Jeff (and Arc Angel) go back a long way. Jeff (going then by the name of Christopher Hawke) was a founding member of Connecticut based progressive rock band Jasper Wrath who … Continue reading

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ROADMASTER re-issues

Sweet Music/Hey World Fortress Rock Candy 2012 Formed in the early 70s and releasing their first debut album in 1977, Roadmaster are a fine melodic hard rock group who should have been huge. Sweet Music, the second album from 1978 … Continue reading

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